Marvin Gaye Family Rejects Six-Figure Settlement Offer From Robin Thicke
A new detail has surfaced in the ongoing battle between Robin Thicke and the Marvin Gaye estate. Billboard now reveals that the Gaye family denied a six-figure settlement offered by Thicke in an attempt to avoid a copyright infringement suit for his song “Blurred Lines.” The Gaye family has accused Thicke of plagiarizing his smash single from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.”
The claims reportedly made by Frankie Christian Gaye, Marvin Gaye III and Nona Marvisa Gaye led Thicke, along with the song's collaborators Pharrell and T.I. to file a preemptive suit against the family. The motion, filed on August 15 in Los Angeles, requested that “Blurred Lines” be ruled as not having infringed upon Gaye’s classic song. The suit also suggested that “in reality, the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre ... The reality is that the songs themselves are starkly different."
Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has also been accused of infringing upon George Clinton’s “Sexy Ways.” The singer’s suits also requests judgement against Bridgeport Music, Inc. regarding the matter.
The Gaye family has alluded to suing Thicke over “Blurred Lines” and other works in the future.